The Sunday Stealing for this week is another Kwizgiver. I’ll write about Lucky Stubbs and other things.
1. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive-through?
While we’ve used the drive-through, we tend to be people who go inside. My wife doesn’t like us to eat in her car, and I get that.
However, I’ve witnessed how people in their cars are given more attention in terms of staffing at some locales than the people inside. This tends to make me irritable.
2. Have you ever lost anything down a toilet?
Undoubtedly, though, I have no specific recollection of what.
3. Do you have a dog?
In my life, I had only one dog. He was named Lucky Stubbs. I believe he was an Alaskan husky we had when I was a tween. He would nip at me, but my parents, specifically my father, seemed unconcerned. That is until he bit one or maybe both of the minister’s daughters. THEN they got rid of him, ostensibly to a farm in the area. (This is a random pic from a governmental website, BTW.)
4. Ever gone camping?
When I was a kid, we went camping a lot. I hated it. Setting up the tent, no matter how many times I had set it up, continued to be a mystery to me. I hated trying to sleep on an air mattress. There were often lots of bugs. On the other hand, I did think the Coleman stove and lamp were cool.
5. Have you met anyone famous?
I’m sure I’ve answered this before. Rod Serling, Earl Warren, Nelson Rockefeller, Anita Baker, And Randy Newman, sort of. Probably others.
6. Any plans today?
I will be singing in the church choir for the first time in three weeks and talking with my sisters for the first time in three weeks. These are related.
7. Are you happy?
Sure. I got to go to the wedding of an old friend this month. Now I can sing in the choir and talk with my sisters.
8. Where are you right now?
I am almost always in my office when I write these things.
More an irritation than a mere annoyance
9. What is the biggest annoyance in your life right now?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said this about Florida, but it’s hardly limited to the Sunshine State. “They started by finding marginalized groups to demonize to unite people around a common enemy: Jews, gays, Catholics, or whatever group they could rally the desperate mob to hate. Then they launched overwhelming campaigns of disinformation that ensured the people didn’t know what actually was happening in the world, only what they wanted them to know.
“At the same time, they would re-engineer education so children would be prompted to embrace feverish, unquestioning patriotism while censoring what kids learned in order to promote an idealized country that never made mistakes and only had the best interests of all people in their hearts. Facts, they declared, were for nerds and elitists.”
10. Last song listened to?
P.S. I Love You from On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 by some obscure Liverpudlian band of the 1960s.
11. Last movie you saw?
We Are Marshall (2007) is a movie based on the real story of rebuilding a football team after most of the team was killed in a plane crash. My wife and daughter were watching the film on TV, which starred Matthew McConaughey, Thursday night when I came home from choir rehearsal.
12. Are you allergic to anything?
Some trees and grasses and this season is particularly virulent.
13. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
Sneakers with support.
14. What do you think of when you think of Australia?
Aboriginal peoples; the Sydney Opera House; the Great Barrier Reef; the Australian Open, the first of the tennis Grand Slam events each year; and the fact that about two-thirds of its land mass is boringly named (Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory).
15. Do you use smiley faces on the computer a lot?
I rather loathe them. That would be a hard NO.